04 March 2017

From the archive: Mass grave in Tuam

A memorial plaque is seen among vegetation in a corner of the grave site where Catherine Corless, a local historian from Tuam, had been telling the authorities for years that dead infants might have been buried in an old sewage system on the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers and their children in the west of Ireland.

Little attention was paid to Mrs. Cordless' claims at first, but the questions eventually led to the establishment of a state-financed investigation, and this week the investigators said that the remains of babies, small children and fetuses had been found where she said they would.

The photograph below was taken on assignment for The New York Times in early June 2014.

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